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USS Constitution, Boston

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The USS Constitution Museum preserves and shares the stories of "Old Ironsides" and those who shaped her history with minds-on, hands-on exhibits and programs for all ages.

The USS Constitution Museum and the USS Constitution (the Ship) are operated by different organizations. See the Ship's website (http://www.navy.mil/local/constitution/) for the most up-to-date information about the Ship's public visitation hours.
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  • The USS Constitution was in drydock when we visited, but it was nice to actually see the famed warship up close. The children enjoyed seeing it, although given the depth of the stairs and bulkheads wo...  more »
  • The boat was closed during our visit, and it had not stated on their web site. The Group was very disappointed.
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  • We were able to get a good look at the ship but were a week too early to be able to get on board since it was still in dry dock. We"ll be back.  more »
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  • One of the best museums we visited and it is run on donations! The most interactive museum we've ever visited! Interview to be a sailor. Try your hand at balancing on ropes and pulling in the sail. Just incredible! Live narrator on board the ship brought the launching event to life! Disappointed the cannons were removed for restoration but even still an incredible stop on the freedom trail!
  • It's awesome to see such an old piece of American history so well maintained. It's pretty neat seeing her up out of the water while they are doing restorations, but right now all the cannon are off the ship, and the top half of the masts and most of the rigging is missing - I'll need to come back again after the restoration is done. You can still walk around on the top two decks, it really is a missive ship! The museum there is also quite good and is worth a few hours of time, and if you're interested in ww2 history, there's a destroyer from 1943 that can be touted as well.
  • I toured the ship. While listening to the tour guide, something caught my eye to my right. When I turned to look at what it was I saw a man dressed in period clothing walking across the room next to us. I thought it was really cool that they employed people to dress in period clothing as actors of the time and I expressed that to the tour guide and asked him why he wasn't also dressed in period clothing. The tour guide responded that they don't employ actors to dress in period clothing for the tours. But I knew what I saw, so I immediately ran into the room I saw the man in but nobody was there!
  • What a unique experience for anyone interested in sailing or Navy History! Don't miss trying out the hammocks on the second floor! It is good to be aware that the museum is separately run from the ship. The museum is a non-profit, donation based site, and the ship is run by the Navy, is free, requires photo ID, and the ship's hours are more limited than the museum hours due to the restoration.
  • Although the ship was under going renovations when we visited it was still a unique stop. Was very cool seeing the Navy practicing their demonstration with the cannon when we stopped. Great view of the Boston downtown skyline from this harbor.

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